News for 2014-06-27

Friday, June 27, 2014
A poster from a landmine museum captures the horror of landmines. (Photo: Nathan Nelson/cc/flickr) US Still Won't Commit to Banning Landmines
In a move met with cautious praise, the United States announced Friday that it would not produce or add to its stockpile of antipersonnel landmines (APL), and would work towards becoming party to a treaty described as "the only solution to eliminate the suffering" the weapons cause. The U.S. "will...
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[title] Revolutionaries: What Makes Them Irresistible?
Is the intoxicating energy that draws us towards social movements and political causes the same as that which draws us to friends and romantic partners? How do we add humor to our politics, and hold the powerful accountable through laughter? And what are the steps we need to take to see meaningful...
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Verizon Wireless retail store in Saugus, Massachusetts (Photo: Wikimedia Creative Commons / Anthony92931) Germany Fires Verizon Over NSA Spying
Germany announced Thursday it is canceling its contract with Verizon Communications over concerns about the role of U.S. telecom corporations in National Security Agency spying. “The links revealed between foreign intelligence agencies and firms after the N.S.A. affair show that the German...
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An anti-war protest in 2010. (Photo: Fibonacci Blue/cc/flickr) Obama Requests Nearly $60 Billion to Continue Endless War
President Obama on Thursday announced he would ask Congress for $58.6 billion in war funding for the 2015 fiscal year. A White House statement outlining the request for what is formally called the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) notes that it is $20.9 billion less than what had been figured...
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SWAT Team (Photo: Oregon Department of Transportation / Flickr Creative Commons) SWAT Teams Claim 'Corporate' Exemption From Public Scrutiny
Operators of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams comprised of tax payer-funded police and sheriffs in Massachusetts claim they are immune to public records requests about deadly force, incident reports, and more because they are private "corporations." In addition to SWAT teams run by...
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[title] Inside Moral Mondays
All In America goes to North Carolina to meet up with the surprising coalition behind Moral Mondays.
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(Photo: European Commission DG ECHO/Flickr/Creative Commons) West Africa Ebola Epidemic "Out of Control"
Immediate action is needed to contain the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, World Health Organization (WHO) officials warned Wednesday. At least 600 cases and 390 deaths in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea have been reported since the epidemic began in March. "There is an urgent need to...
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Predator drone (Photo: Lt Col Leslie Pratt / Wikimedia Creative Commons) Armed US Drones Flying Over Iraq
U.S. armed drones are now flying over Iraq, a Pentagon official announced Thursday, according to numerous media reports. Equipped with Hellfire missiles, the predator drones are being deployed from a base in Kuwait to accompany unarmed surveillance flights that include drones as well as manned...
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